You’re a mean one, Mrs. Grinch.
About 80 were displaced from their homes after a five-alarm fire ripped through the roof and upper floor of a four-story apartment building just off of Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park Thursday, city Fire Department officials said.
Three masked intruders have entered Jamaica High School and police emergency units have responded, the city announced around 2:25 p.m. Thursday on its NYC Alerts Twitter feed.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington, DC last Saturday to call for legislative reform and show solidarity against what they called a flawed and racist judiciary system.
Saturday’s “Day of Resistance” was just the latest in a series of protests nationwide in the wake of a Staten Island grand jury’s decision not to indict NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo for the wrongful death of Eric Garner.
Close to $5 million has been allocated to the revamping of the Cross Bay Bridge’s infrastructure and electronic equipment that was damaged by Superstorm Sandy, U.S. Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced last Thursday.
“Superstorm Sandy damaged Rockaway’s critical infrastructure like the Cross Bay Bridge, which connects the community with the rest of Queens and beyond,” Schumer said in a written statement. “I am pleased to announce $4.7 million in FEMA funding which will help repair and protect the Cross Bay Bridge in the event of a future storm.”
The New York City Regional Economic Development Council has issued a $443,750 grant for the design of the Rego Park section of the proposed QueensWay elevated park, seen above, which would stretch from the Central Queens neighborhood to Ozone Park.
QueensWay: 1. Rail: 0.
Supporters of the idea to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into an elevated park similar to Manhattan’s High Line scored a victory on Friday, as $443,750 was awarded to the QueensWay project through Gov. Cuomo’s New York City Regional Economic Development Council.
Chanukah, the festival of lights, has been dimmed in Hollis Hills this year after vandals destroyed a community menorah.
For seven years, the community has been celebrating Chanukah by lighting a giant menorah at the traffic island on Union Turnpike at 220th Street during the eight-day Jewish holiday. But right before the first candle was to be lit on Tuesday night, residents discovered it had been overturned and the lighting mechanisms destroyed.
Beginning Jan. 1 the Department of Sanitation will no longer collect old electronics left at the curbside. That includes computers, televisions, DVD players, keyboards, MP3 players, video game consoles and a variety of other devices.
The change stems from a state law that will make it illegal to throw out such electronics in the regular trash. The goal of the 2010 Electronic Equipment Recycling and Reuse Act is to encourage the proper disposal of potentially harmful electronic waste. Residents who leave such items at their curbs may receive a summons and most will have to bring them to designated drop-off sites.
Action needs to be taken to improve mobility between northern and southern Queens along the Woodhaven Boulevard corridor, including to and from Midtown Manhattan.
A new study by Queens College, Community Impact Study of Proposed Uses of the Rockaway Beach Branch Right of Way, reports that the region’s transit users must endure a subway trip that is 42 percent longer than the New York City average. In some cases, such as from Far Rockaway to Midtown, the subway journey time is at least an hour. Travel to other parts of Queens can exceed two hours. In contrast, the Long Island Rail Road trains that crossed Jamaica Bay on the Rockaway Beach Line took as little as 43 minutes.
For the third consecutive time, the Q58 route between Ridgewood and Flushing Main Street, won the Pokey Awards for what it’s best at: being the slowest bus in the Borough of Queens.
According to an annual report on public transit released by the Straphangers Campaign last week, Q58 travels at 7 mph.
Community Board 8 last Wednesday unanimously approved the renaming of 74th Avenue between Utopia Parkway and 175th Street to Bishop Ignatius A. Catanello Way, honoring the former pastor of Holy Family R.C. Church, who died in March 2013.
The renaming proposal must be approved by the City Council and the mayor to become official.
A 24-year-old New York City police officer, who worked part-time for a Flushing paint store, has been charged with cashing two checks and pocketing nearly $7,000 in cash two months ago. The checks had allegedly been stolen from a business sharing building space with the paint store.
The defendant is Gerardo Laera, 24, from Queens. The Queens District Attorney’s Office would not confirm it, but there is a (man’s name) of that age living in Corona.
Nine people were injured in a collision involving six cars at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue on Saturday, according to published reports and FDNY officials.
Flushing community leaders on Friday said small businesses on Union Street are hurting more and more due to the worsening traffic situation near the Flushing Commons development site.
"For too long, the Department of Transportation has ignored the dangerous traffic conditions caused by the Flushing Commons construction," said Ik Hwan Lim, president of the Union Street Merchants Association.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Queens native and hip-hop icon Ja Rule doesn’t get too many opportunities to say “Holla Holla” to the borough he grew up in.
“There’s not too many spots in Queens to perform at,” he said.
Columbia University dismissed Lions football head coach Peter Mangurian this past Friday. Ironically, the fact that the Lions are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak had little to do with the dismissal; rather it was reports that Mangurian was verbally abusive to players, and even worse, ignored their concerns about having incurred concussions, that spurred Columbia president Lee Bollinger to act.
Not to belittle the players’ concerns, but not firing this guy just based on his win-loss record reminds me of how the feds could only put Al Capone away for income tax evasion instead of for any of his hardcore gangster activities. But the important thing is that Columbia finally got rid of “the Vince Lombardi of losing.”
Kerri Naples, an algebra II/trigonometry teacher from the Scholars’ Academy in the Rockaways, was one of seven teachers to receive the sixth annual Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and the only honoree from Queens.
“You don’t know what you are missing if you don’t have a teacher like Kerri Naples,” said Scholars’ Academy Principal Brian O’Connell.
Preservationists are applauding the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s decision to back off plans to take nearly 100 sites off the city’s list for landmarking, but realize there are no guarantees in the future.
LPC Chairwoman Meenakshi Srinivasan indicated last week that a vote would be taken Tuesday to remove 94 buildings and two historic districts from the list for landmarking without a hearing.
Ridgewood’s future is bright, going by the number of middle-class 20-somethings moving in and the amount of New York Times articles declaring it “Quooklyn” or “Ridgewick” as if it were part of Brookyln.
On Tuesday, however, it was Ridgewood’s past that was celebrated.
A Staten Island grand jury’s decision last week not to indict NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner has triggered nationwide anger, including among Queens congressional members who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to slap a federal indictment against the cop.
At a press conference last week in Washington, moments after the announcement of the decision, lawmakers renewed their calls for the DOJ to launch a federal investigation in Garner’s death. The DOJ said it will probe the man’s death, including how the grand jury reached its decision.